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Kathleen G Balog

 

Kathleen G. Balog, MBA, CMA

Ms. Balog is President and Chief Financial Officer of The ARC Consulting Group, Inc., a multifaceted, international professional services firm, providing educational and consultative services to the business community. She has overall responsibility for the management of ARC’s financial operations, information technology activities, and the performance and management of consulting engagements in the areas of Forensic Accounting, Professional Controller Services, and Product Cost System Development.

Management Consulting Experience

As an internationally known consultant, Ms. Balog specializes in the areas of Forensic Accounting, Corporate Cost Management, Activity-Based Cost system development, treasury functions, and Strategic Financial Management. She is a leader in business development and re-organization engagements.

She has successfully completed numerous domestic and international consulting engagements in the areas of Cost Management, Cost System Development and Operational Auditing. A partial listing of her domestic clients includes: ABB, Fed Ex, The United States Postal Service, and Wal-Mart,

Ms. Balog international clients include The National Bank of Greece, Pamukbank in Türkiye, The National Electric Company of Italy (ENEL), and Air Products PLC.

Professional Development Experience

Ms. Balog has developed and delivered On-Site professional development programs for such organizations as Fed Ex Corp., Entact Ventures, Inc., Times-Mirror Corporation, The FDIC, The Inter-American Development Bank, The Inter-American Development Corporation, The United States Customs Service, ABB, Air Products and Chemicals, Wal-Mart, Inc., The Metropolitan Insurance Company, Wal-Mart, Buckman Laboratories, Balchem Corp. and NASDAQ.

She is also an American Management Association Faculty Member and an On-Site Associate for Management Centre Europe and The Middle East Management Center specializing in financial accounting, cost accounting, internal audit, operational audit, forensic accounting, and product cost management systems.  An internationally recognized educator and consultant, Ms. Balog is an Associate of The Oxford Management Institute and EuroMaTech, both London-based professional development providers, for whom she provides training in Europe, Africa, and the Middle East. She has designed, developed and presented programs to The Swiss Institute of Internal Auditors The National Bank of Greece, and for the financial staff of Saudi-Aramco, located in Dhahran, Saudi Arabia

She is one of the highest rated speakers for the Finance Division of the The American Management Association. She also is a frequent speaker for Executive Enterprises, Inc., Institute of Internal Auditors, and various other professional and educational associations and foundations. She has managed consulting engagements and led executive development programs in 5 countries, and has trained over 10,000 business executives. She is associated with Ally Business Systems, Inc., and The Value Creation Group, Inc. 

Educational Design Experience

Ms. Balog has over 20 years of educational design and professional development experience. She has successfully completed several programs in Advanced Educational Design Concepts, and has mastered the application of Competency-Based Training; insuring the participant’s ability to perform the skills presented in the programs when they returned to their jobs. Ms. Balog has developed programs for more than 4 professional associations, covering more than 5 various disciplines in more than 6 discrete industries.

Background and Qualifications

Prior to joining ARC in 1992, Ms. Balog served as Chief Financial Officer for an international manufacturing company with operations in both the United States and Japan. As an officer of the company, she was accountable for the fiscal management of the organization. In this position, Ms. Balog developed the cost management systems for this multi-national manufacturing organization. Ms. Balog also served as Corporate Controller and Cost Accounting Manager for several manufacturing companies in the Greater Chicago area. Ms. Balog holds a B. S. with honors in accounting and finance from Indiana University,. She earned her MBA in Corporate Finance from Purdue University.

Professional Recognition

Ms. Balog has contributed to a number of published journals and reference guides in the areas of fiscal management, internal controls, and internal audit. She has assisted in the development of several financial management and internal audit professional development programs including The American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, The American Management Association, The Institute of Internal Auditors, and The Institute of Management Accountants,. She is listed in Who’s Who in the East, Who’s Who in American Finance, Who’s Who in America, and Who’s Who in the World. Ms. Balog is a Certified Public Accountant, and a Certified Management Accountant.

Email: Kate@ArcConsultingGroup.com

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RichardT. Balog, CPA, CFF, CIA, CGFM, DACFE

Vice-President – Financial Services

Richard T. Balog, CPACFF, CIA, CGFM, DACFE is the Founder and past CEO for The ARC Consulting Group, Inc., a Jacksonville Florida-based professional services firm providing tax, accounting, Business, Professional Development focused Business Consulting services to the North Florida business community. He currently serves ARC as Vice President – Financial Services.

In this capacity, Mr. Balog manages the conduct of ARC’s financial consulting engagements, specializing in Accounting, Tax, Virtual CFO, Start-Up and Accelerated Growth Services as well as ARC’s Forensic Accounting and Litigation Support Practices. He is also an internationally recognized leader in designing and presenting continuing education and professional development workshops and seminars.

He has won awards from The Institute of Internal Auditors and is currently one of the American Management Association’s (AMA) highest rated speakers in AMA’s Finance World-Practice. Mr. Balog is a member of the University of North Florida Faculty, serving in their Continuing Education Division.

Accounting and Tax Experience

Mr. Balog is currently the Managing Partner for the Certified Public Accounting Firm of Balog + Tamburri, LLC. He has been a licensed CPA since 1972, and currently is licensed to practice in both Maryland and Florida. His experience and depth of specific industry knowledge spans such industries as Health Care, Insurance, Banking, Manufacturing, Food Service, Retail and Specialized Services. His current practice specializes in Small and Mid-sized Businesses (SMB’s) in the North Florida, South Georgia region. His services range from tax and accounting to total financial management and financial forecasting of SMB’s. He will provide as much or as little support you require. What makes Mr. Balog’s services uniquely different is that he tells you where your business is heading, in addition to where it has been. He believes that “When you are driving your business down the interstate at 75 miles per hour, you want to look out of the windshield, not out of the Rear View Mirror.”

 

Management Consulting Experience

Mr. Balog is an internationally recognized consultant. He has successfully completed numerous domestic and international consulting engagements in the areas of Acquisition Integration, Due Diligence, Strategic Planning, Cost Management, Forensic Accounting and Internal Auditing. A partial list of his domestic clients include G. Heilman Breweries, Inc., Johnston Coca-Cola, Gardeneer Products, Inc., ABC Home Health Systems, Inc., First Georgia Home Health, Inc., The Pike County School District, Liberty Mutual Insurance, The Hartford Insurance Group, Fed Ex, The United States Postal Service, The United States Customs Service, The American National Standards Institute, The United States Department of the Treasury, The Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation, The Federal Reserve Bank, The National Center for Toxilogical Research, Inc., The City of San Luis Obispo, CA, Raytheon, and Honeywell.

Internationally, Mr. Balog as successfully completed a number of international consulting engagements clients including The National Bank of Greece, Pamukbank, Türkiye, The National Electric Company of Italy (ENEL), EuroMerchant Bank of Greece, Air Products PLC, ABB, Saudi Aramco, The General Audit Bureau of The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, Shanghai-Singapore Banking Company, and The Victoria Power Commission, Melbourne, Australia.

Mr. Balog is a consultant with the University of North Florida’s Small Business Resource Center, providing support for small business development in North Florida.

Professional Development Experience

Mr. Balog has designed, developed and presented On-Site professional development programs for such organizations as Mekong Capital, JT3 Corp., The Central Bank of the Philippines, The Central Bank of West Africa, Fed Ex Corp., Verizon Communications, Inc., Sony Electronics, Mitel Corporation, Entact Ventures, Inc., The American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, The Institute of Internal Auditors (IIA), Times-Mirror Corporation, The FDIC, National Bank of Greece, Euro-Merchant Bank, The Inter-American Development Bank, The National Center for Toxilogical Research, The Inter-American Development Corporation, The United States Customs Service, Bank Administration Institute, Liberty Mutual Insurance Company, ABB, Air Products and Chemicals, The United States Department of Agriculture – Graduate School, Saudi-Armco, The Metropolitan Insurance Company and NASDAQ.

An internationally recognized educator and consultant, Mr. Balog is an associate of Management Centre Europe, The Middle East Management Center, and The Far East Management Centre. He is an advisor to The United Nations, providing counsel and direction in their worldwide effort to ensure the proper and effective use of relief funds. In addition, Mr. Balog is an Associate of The Oxford Management Institute and EuroMaTech, both London-based professional development providers, for whom he provides training in Europe, Africa, and the Middle East. In addition, he has designed, developed and delivered On-Site programs for the The Australian Institute of Internal Auditors, The Swiss Institute of Internal Auditors, The IIA – Hong Kong, The Malaysian IIA, and EASA in Caracas, Venezuela.

He is the highest rated speaker for the Finance Practice of the American Management Association International. He also is a frequent speaker for Executive Enterprises, Inc., The Institute of Industrial Engineers, Institute of Internal Auditors, American Institute of CPA’s, and various other professional and educational associations and foundations. He has managed consulting engagements and led executive development programs in 25 countries, and has trained over 70,000 business executives. He is associated with Ally Business Systems, Inc., and The Value Creation Group, Inc. and has extensive experience in the design and implementation of activity-based cost management systems and managing the strategic outsourcing process.

Educational Design Experience

Mr. Balog has over 30 years of educational design and professional development experience. As Manager of Professional Development for The Institute of Internal Auditors, he pioneered many of the Advanced Educational Design Concepts many organizations are using today. Later, as head of KPMG’s Executive Education’s Programs for Internal Auditors curriculum, he introduced Competency-Based Training; insuring the participant’s ability to perform the skills presented in the programs when they returned to their jobs. Mr. Balog has developed programs for more than 6 professional associations, covering more than 7 various disciplines in more than 7 discrete industries.

Background and Qualifications

Prior to forming ARC’s NASBA-Certified professional development and continuing education seminar program in 1988,  Mr. Balog successfully established KPMG’s Executive Education Department. Mr. Balog was responsible for the overall administration, marketing, design, development and presentation of the Firm’s client training programs. Additionally, Mr. Balog served as Manager of Program Development for The Institute of Internal Auditors, where he developed the course development framework and many of the training programs for the IIA’s professional development programs. Mr. Balog was named Outstanding Staff Faculty Member for the IIA. He also served on the professional staff of the Committee of Sponsoring Organizations (COSO) where he helped develop the COSO Structured Framework. In addition, he was awarded the Distinguished Leadership Award for his extraordinary contribution to the audit profession. He served as Manager of Internal Audit for Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Maryland, and began his career with an international professional services firm.

Education

A graduate of Loyola University, he holds degrees in accounting and management. In addition, he holds an M.S. in Behavioral Sciences from the University of Florida. Mr. Balog is a member of the University of North Florida Faculty, serving in their Continuing Education Division. He has served on the faculties of Florida State College in Jacksonville, The University of Central Florida – Graduate Division, Orlando College, and the adjunct faculty of The George Mason University – School of International Studies in Arlington, VA. Mr. Balog is an Eagle Scout.

Professional Recognition

Mr. Balog is a contributing author and past contributing editor for Internal Auditing Journal and Cost Management Digest. He has been published in The Journal of Accountancy, The Internal Auditor, and The Management Journal. He has written more than 70 professional development programs for various companies, professional associations and educational foundations including The American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, The American Management Association, The Institute of Internal Auditors, The Institute of Management Accountants, George Mason University School of International Studies, and Orlando College. He served as Contributing Editor for Warren, Gorham & Lamont’s Internal Auditing Journal. He is listed in Who’s Who in the East, Who’s Who in American Education, Who’s Who in American Finance and Industry, Who’s Who in America, and Who’s Who In The World. Mr. Balog is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, Maryland Association of Certified Public Accountants, Florida Institute of Certified Public Accountants, Institute of Internal Auditors, and National Association of Accountants. He is a Charter Member of The Institute for Financial Crime Prevention, and the Jacksonville Chamber of Commerce. Mr. Balog is a Certified Internal Auditor (CIA), a Certified Government Financial Manager (CGFM), A Distinguished Member of the American Collage of Forensic Examiners (DACFE), and is licensed as a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) in Maryland and Florida, and is Certified in Financial Forensics (CFF) by the AICPA.

Mr. Balog is an Eagle Scout and is active in the Boy Scouts of America as a Scoutmaster of Troop 330 in St. Augustine, Florida. He has been awarded the Silver Beaver Award, BSA’s highest honor bestowed on adult leaders.

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Email: Rick@ARCConsultingGroup.com

 

Michael B. Bender, PMP

Vice President – Project Management Services

 

Mr. Bender is Vice President of The ARC Consulting Group’s Project Management Services. Mr. Bender directs the design and delivery of ARC’s Project Management, Process Management and Work Management consultative and professional development training services. Mr. Bender has over 25 years of hands-on experience assisting organizations improve the way they work and achieve their strategic objectives. In the process, Mr. Bender has helped thousands of people and hundreds of organizations realize their goals. Mr. Bender’s experience includes virtually every industry and spans several continents. A brief list of projects Mr. Bender’s accomplishments include: The Hubbell Space Telescope, NEXRAD (Next Generation Weather Radar) System, Air traffic control systems for the US, Taiwan, and the UK Cable television station automation systems

Mr. Bender’s industrial project and technical experience includes manufacturing, power utility control, chemical research and processing, financial services and management, information systems, medical equipment installation, construction, internet marketing, mining, and university management. Mr. Bender’s consulting experience includes project and process review, creating and enhancing process methodologies, workload analysis, organizational structure review and recommendations, and many other areas.

Mr. Bender is a frequent speaker for the American Management Association (AMA). Specializing in project management, Mr. Bender leads both on-site and public seminars.

Mr. Bender has also authored or co-authored many of AMA’s current and past seminars. Mr. Bender provided both project management training and consulting services to a worldwide religious organization to aid their information systems management department.

For Siemens Medical Systems, Mr. Bender developed a detailed project management methodology that reduced project delays resulting in savings of an estimated $7 million dollars per year.

Mr. Bender helped an international bank integrate a newly acquired bank. The acquired bank’s processes were bipolar in style from the buyer’s, resulting in severe cultural incompatibilities.

Mr. Bender holds a BS in biomedical-electrical engineering (BSEE) from Rutgers University. Mr. Bender is a proud member of the AMA and the Project Management Institute, where he holds the PMP certification. He has also been featured in International Who’s Who, and National Register’s Who’s Who in Executives and Professionals.

 

Email: MichaelBender@ArcconsultingGroup.com